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Where To Eat, Drink and Sleep in San Francisco
Not only did we eat, drink, shop and sight-see our way through this gorgeous, hilly city—we got a kick-ass workout doing so.
A historic property, spacious rooms, gorgeous views atop Nob Hill and a pure, old-school decadence. This is arguably the most iconic luxury hotel in town. It’s also the only spot citywide where each of the cable car lines meet.
950 Mason St., 800-678-8946, Fairmont.com
Located on the waterfront along the Embarcadero, this luxury hotel features really stunning bay views. And though the business-y neighborhood isn’t the liveliest, the clean, modern, light-filled property is probably one of the city’s most serene.
8 Mission St., 415-278-3700, Hotelvitale.com
Live the good life at this beautiful, quiet hotel, which is really more of a giant Pacific Heights mansion. The staff is super-attentive, the rooms are elegant but cozy, the proximity to shops and restaurants is stellar and—most importantly—the continental breakfast kills it.
2901 Pacific Ave., 800-634-7277, Hoteldrisco.com
There’s usually a wait at this little no-frills Burmese restaurant, so go early. Their famous rainbow and tealeaf salads and samosa soup are so, so, so worth it.
309 Clement St., 415-387-2147, Burmasuperstar.com
This beloved ice cream shop serves really delicious, original flavors, like chocolate and sea salt, thai lime chili sorbet, Elvis the Fat Years (banana, peanut butter and bacon!) and the famous Secret Breakfast (bourbon and cornflakes). So good.
2790 Harrison St., 415-550-6971, Humphryslowcombe.com
If I lived in the Lower Haight, I’d make this low-key modern Italian spot—offering delicious brick-oven pizzas and huge, fresh salads—a weekly staple.
311 Divisadero St., 415-255-1133, Ragazzasf.com
It’s famous for a reason. This bakery’s chocolate-filled croissants, warm bread pudding and French sandwiches are that good. (Tip: go at an off-hour—not during lunch or breakfast—when the lines are infinitely shorter.)
600 Guerrero St., 415-487-2600, Tartinebakery.com
Bourbon and Branch
A set of “house rules” (i.e. ‘no cell phones’) adds to the old-timey feel of this hip, speakeasy-esque bar, which is famous for its serious, whiskey-themed cocktails.
501 Jones St., 415-346-1735, Bourbonandbranch.com
This lively, divey pub features possibly the best beer selection in all of San Francisco.
547 Haight St., 415-863-2276, Toronado.com
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Reserve a couple of hours to explore this massive and awesome contemporary art museum—and do so soon. The space will temporarily be closing in June for renovations.
151 Third St., Sfmoma.org
If you’ve never been on a tour of this legendary former island prison, which once housed some of the country’s more infamous criminals, you must. It's haunting and fascinating and informative—and just, well, so rad.
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